Wakefield '60 Classmates: In Memoriam

Walter Hallberg Glockler, Jr.
b: 12/1/1941     d: 3/3/1997

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Walter Glockler picture WALTER GLOCKLER, last attended Wakefield in 1959.
Augusta, Maine
Walter Hallberg Glockler, Jr., 55, of Leavitt Road died Monday, March 3, 1997, at his home after a long illness.  He was horn in Washington D.C. on December 1, 1941, the son of Walter H. and Eugenia Rae (Sweeney) Glockler.  He was a graduate of Northwood High School in Silver Spring, Maryland, and attended the University of Maryland.  Mr. Glockler was employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs, Togus Regional Office.  He was president of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local No. 2610 for 19 years and had served as first executive vice president of the National Veterans Affairs Council since 1993.  The National Veterans Affairs Council is the largest council in AFGE representing more than 125,000 employees in the Department of Veterans Affairs.  Walt was a leading negotiator of the National Partnership Council and was successful in bringing about the signing of a. national partnership agreement between the Department of Veterans Affairs and the National VA Council and four other labor organizations.  Walt served as co-chairman of the partnership council.  Walt was also co-chairman of the AFGE National Quality Council and was the chief negotiator for the Total Quality Improvement Charter that was signed and implemented in April 1994.  In September 1996, Walt received special recognition from President Clinton for his outstanding service in the federal government.  Also at that time, he received an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Jessie Brown, for his work in bringing labor and management together through the spirit of partnership for better services to veterans and employees.  As the time of this award, Secretary Brown said, "Walt's efforts cannot be meassured in dollars saved, although clearly his efforts to effectively work in a collaborative mode have resulted in significant savings to the VA."  He was also a co-owner of Dancewear House in Hallowell, Maine.  He was a communicant of St. Andrews Catholic Church, a former member of the Augusta Fraternal Order of Eagles - Aerie 3137, a member of the Augusta Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks - Lodge No. 964 and Sons of the American Legion, Post 2.  Mr. Glockler is survived by his wife, Carol (Young) Glockler of Augusta; his father, Walter H. Glockler of Burlington, Vermont, and Joel Glockler and wife Jennifer of Colorado Springs, Colorado; three daughters, Kimberley Kinsey and her husband Robert, Kristine Ford, and Karyn Palmer and her husband Charles "Buck", all of Glen Burnie, Maryland; a sister, Sandra Keyser and her husband Vincent of Kenwood Beach, Maryland; a stepson, Douglas Young and his wife Catherine of Woolwich, Georgia; a step daughter, Tracie Carolin and her husband Dennis of Augusta; several grandchildren, two aunts; several nieces, nephews and cousins.  Friends and relatives may visit on Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. at Plummer Funeral Home, 16 Pleasant Street, Augusta, where the color guard and members of Fitzgerald-Cummings Post No. 2. American Legion are asked to meet 7 p.m. and members of the benevolent and Protective Order of Elks are asked to meet at 7:30 to recite a prayer service for their departed member.   A memorial service will be celebrated on Thursday at 11 a.m. from St. Andrews Catholic Church.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to American Cancer Society, Maine Division, Inc., 52 Federal Street, Brunswick, Maine 04011 or to HealthReach Hospice of Augusta, P.O. Box 1568, Waterville 04903-1568.  Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

2011 Wakefield Class of 1960 and Wakefield Education Foundation (information@wakefieldalumni.org)